Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

Lost Everywhere January 16, 2018

Filed under: Novels in Verse,Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 7:17 pm

Screenshot 2018-01-02 at 7.16.14 PMMoving yet again. This is the 10th move since she was young and frankly, Callie is sick of it. But she knows what it means when she comes home and can’t find her clothes. It means her mom has already packed up the V.W. Bug and is ready to move on. It also means that the latest boyfriend hasn’t panned out, so that is why it is time to go. Callie wishes that just for once, whether a boyfriend comes or goes, her mom can stay in one place. After all, Callie has never had a friend because they move around all the time. And because Callie has a secret that makes her seem very strange. Callie has a neurological disorder called Tourette syndrome.

When they arrive at the new apartment complex, Callie meets a boy who ends up going to her school. At first, she is hopeful they will be good friends, but when her “tics” start to show up at school, Jinsong isn’t sure he wants everyone to know he likes her, when everyone else thinks she’s a freak. Soon though, Jinsong and Callie are friends, at least outside of school. Until an incident at school shows how you either have to be friends all the time, or not at all.

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry is a quick read and you will find yourself rooting for both Callie and Jinsong in the hopes they can figure out how to be friends.

Recommended for grades 6th and up.


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